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Best Tourist Spots in Reno

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Situated in the northern part of Nevada, Reno is considered as one of the most popular tourist cities in the state, after Las Vegas. Also called ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’, it is the second largest city in Nevada State. With a myriad of tourist attractions, entertainment and educational, the city attracts more than five million tourists each year, including families with children. Moreover, Reno is also known for its several annual events like bowling tournaments, hot air balloon races and car shows. Famous tourist spots like Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake are just a few miles away from the city.

National Automobile Museum

Established in 1989, the National Automobile Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Reno. Home to more than 200 vintage cars, the museum is mainly divided into four galleries, each of which displays cars from late 19th century to 20th century.

National Automobile Museum

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From Bugatti, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz to Rolls Royce, Porche, McLaren and Franklin, the museum also houses cars that were previously owned by famed celebrities like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne and John F. Kennedy. The museum has been featured as one of the top museums of the country by Car Collector magazine and AutoWeek and is a must visit in Reno.

Address: 10 Lake St, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 1 (775) 333 9300
Timings: 09:30 am to 05:30 pm (Monday to Saturday), 10:00 am to 04:00 pm (Sunday)
Website: www.automuseum.org/

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Also called the Pioneer Theater Auditorium, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is a famous theater that was built in 1967. It was named after the sculpture of a pioneer family, which was destroyed to build the theater. The building is known for its beautiful dome called the Golden Turtle and has 513 seats in balcony and 987 on the main level. In 2005, the center was registered under the National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 100 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 1 (775) 686 6610
Timings: 11:00 am to 06:00 pm (Monday to Friday), Saturday and Sunday Closed
Website: www.pioneercenter.com/

Animal Ark

Located just outside the city of Reno, Animal Ark is a popular wildlife sanctuary, known for its exotic Native American animals. Its aim is to help provide a roof for non-releasable animals in a completely rural setting. The sanctuary is home to a number of diverse animals including cheetahs, tortoises, wolves and bears.

It is a great place to visit for both families and friends and is visited by thousands of tourists each year. Surrounded by beautiful native trees, vegetation and other types of flora, it is also known for its various educational wildlife opportunities. Since the museum is only open from March to October, please check the website before visiting the sanctuary.

Address: 1265 Deerlodge Rd, Reno, NV 89508
Phone: 1 (775) 970 3111
Timings: 10:00 am to 04:30 pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Monday Closed
Website: http://animalark.org/

Nevada Museum of Art


Nevada Museum of Art

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Known as one of the best art museums in the state of Nevada, Nevada Museum of Art is home to a wide range of unique collections and regularly hosts traveling exhibitions. The museum consists of more than 2000 pieces of artworks, some of which date back to the 19th century. The museum represents the history of culture in the city and is a great place to visit, aside from the regular tourist attractions.

Address: 160 W Liberty St, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 1 (775) 329 3333
Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm (Wednesday to Sunday), Monday and Tuesday Closed
Website: www.nevadaart.org/


Nevada Historical Society Museum

Established in 1904, Nevada Historical Society Museum is one of the oldest museums in the state of Nevada. Some popular exhibits like ‘Neon Lights’ and ‘Living on the Land’ represent the habitation of Reno from the past 10,000 years to the age of Euro-Americans. It is also known for its extensive and remarkable research library.

Address: 1650 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503
Phone: 1 (775) 688 1190
Timings: 10:00 am to 04:30 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), Monday and Sunday Closed
Website: http://museums.nevadaculture.org/nhs-home

Wilbur D. May Center

The Wilbur D. May Center is a popular tourist attraction that comprises of a museum and a botanical garden. The Wilbur D. May Museum is known for its wide collection of collectibles and antiques and is a wonderful place to spend the day with family. It frequently hosts traveling exhibitions and has options of gift shop.

It is a beautiful verdant area with lots of hidden coves, flowers, picnic meadows and a creek. Spread over 12 acres, the garden and the arboretum are open to the tourists from sunrise to sunset. The garden is divided into several parts, each featuring unique types of flowers, seeds and fruits.

Address: 1595 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503
Phone: 1 (775) 785 5961
Timings: 10:00 am to 04:00 pm (Wednesday to Saturday), 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm (Sunday), Monday and Tuesday Closed
Website: www.maycenter.com/

Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe

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One of the most popular attractions about 40 miles from the city of Reno, Lake Tahoe is a very famous for outdoor recreational activities like fishing, diving, swimming and sailing. Spread over 22 miles, the lake is almost two million years old and is the second deepest lake in the country. It was initially occupied by the Washoe people, but is currently home to several ski resorts. The lake is known for its crystal clear water and golden beaches. It is a great place to visit for vacation with family or friends, especially to take a break from the scorching summers.

Website: http://www.visitinglaketahoe.com/

Reno Arch


Reno Arch

Image by Ken Lund (Reno Arch)[CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)] via Wikimedia Commons

Built in 1926, the famous landmark – Reno Arch was constructed as a sign of the completion of the country’s first motor routes – The Victory Highway and The Lincoln Highway. The arch has been moved three times since it was first built and currently resides over Virgina Street in Reno. Located in Downtown Reno, the arch is one of the most prominent attractions of the city and is frequently associated with the motto of the city.

Address: Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501
Website: http://renohistorical.org/items/show/106

Idlewild Park

Spread over 49 acres, Idlewild Park is a beautiful, verdant park located in Downtown Reno. It is home to a rose garden, skating ring, two children’s parks, duck ponds, miniature train ride and a swimming pool. It is known for hosting two famous annual events including Reno Street Food Truck Event and Reno Earth Day. Do visit the beautiful momentous California Building situated nearby. The rose garden in the park is a very famous spot for weddings and other romantic events.

Address: 1900 Idlewild Drive, Reno NV 89509
Website: http://www.visitreno.com/parks/idlewild/index.php

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